Stop Stressing with Adaptogen Herbs

Adaptogens are a class of plants used for their healing abilities of balancing, restoring, and protecting your body as a whole. Adaptogens were granted their name because of their distinctive ability to ‘adapt’ their function according to your body’s needs. An adaptogen does not have a specific action, nor target a certain body region, rather it benefits the body as a whole, being able to respond to any influence or stressor that it needs to.

These rejuvenating plants improve and recharge the health of your adrenal glands, counteracting the harmful effects of stress. Cells are accessed more energy and the ability to eliminate toxic byproducts of the metabolic process to help the body use oxygen more efficiently. More cellular energy in combination with boosting the adrenal glands strengthens the body’s ability to cope with stress, anxiety, and fatigue – calming you down and boosting you up simultaneously.

While prescription drugs remain in your system and influence multiple organs, once an adaptogen has completed its job, those herbs are eliminated or absorbed into the body without any side effects. Adaptogens work slowly and gently, contrasting the instantaneous gratification of the caffeine cycle, you must be patient because they work subtly but the benefits are undeniable and long lasting.

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Examples of Adaptogen herbs: Ashwagandha; Red Ginseng; Holy Basil; Rhodiola Rosea

Current Read- The Vacationers by Emma Straub

I’ve been in the mood for fiction lately and came across this book via NYT bestsellers. It was exactly what I was looking for. A simple escape reading type of book that when I put it down I forget about it.

It’s the story of a family going through a difficult time due to infidelity. During the family vacation with friends to Mallorca, they begin to cope with their feelings. The book felt real in the emotions of the couples and their teenage daughter. However, I felt toward the end, the writer was getting bored with her story and quickly decided to wrap it all up with a nice bow.

February Recap

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Morning routine    tea & news

Spanish classes    twice a week

Kombucha crazy    still

Moms bday    miss her

Dad sick    oh no

Dog has arthritis   we’re all getting older

Warm weather

Diet started    diet still going

One peri-meno maniac meme

Travel bug    bit me

Remodel    continues

Bon Iver    moods

My New Year Resolutions

  1. To stop cutting my own bangs. (Yes, I have bangs now…Heavy sigh)18iy1h9b61cydjpg

2. Learn to play the tin whistle. (Stop laughing.)

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And most importantly………

3. Drink more champagne!

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Fresno´s Not All Bad

Fresno California in the Central Valley gets a bad wrap. Sure it doesn’t come compare to Southern California or the Bay Area, but it has some good qualities. And it’s my home town!

Farmers Markets

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The Central Valley is an agriculture epicenter. You cannot beat the farmers markets Fresno offers.

Madera Wine Trail

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No need to travel to get to wineries, they’re right around the corner.

Tower District

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The Tower District is an area of theater, breweries, tattoo parlors and vintage stores.

Old Town Clovis

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Old Town maintains a western atmosphere with restaurants, bars, and a great place to go if you like shopping for antiques.

Lakes & Mountains

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And if you like outdoor recreation and beauty, it’s less than an hour away.

Yosemite National Park

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Yosemite is an easy day trip!

Fresno is not a vacation destination by any means. However, if you find yourself in the area there’s no need for dread. It’s not as bad as you think.